Don’t Despise the Package!

Gifts come in all shapes and sizes. My family Christmas tree is full of gifts in different colored wrapping paper, bows and ribbon.  Some are big and some are small.  Each of my children hopes that the biggest one goes to them.  For some reason, we often get excited thinking that the bigger the gift

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Walls Around My Heart

Over the years, I have built up walls around my heart. Because of things I have gone through in the past — hurts, rejections, disappointments — I have built these ramparts to protect myself. A lot of us have walls up to protect us from getting hurt. We somehow think that if we isolate our

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Don’t Be the Devil’s Star Witness

Have you ever been blamed or accused of something that you didn’t do?  It’s a terrible feeling.  Even if we did do something wrong, when someone points that out often times we are hit with shame and regret.  It’s never a good feeling. Yet, we so often times are quick to blame or accuse others. 

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3 Reasons Why I Can’t Support Kim Davis

Most have already heard about County Clerk Kim Davis and her refusal to issue marriage licenses based upon her religious convictions.  She is now sitting in a jail cell for refusing to comply with court orders.  While I do applaud her convictions, and I do agree, that according to the Bible, same-sex marriages is not

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The Golden Rule = Grace

Treat others the same way you want them to treat you. (Luke 6:31) This is one of Jesus’ most famous and most oft repeated sayings.  This is often called The Golden Rule.  It’s something that most parents try to teach their children.  We see it quoted by Christians and non-Christians alike.  This is really grace

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Can You Handle Your Freedom?

I had a friend named Jimmy who spent 18 years of his adult life in prison.  He did a 13 year stint, got out and was arrested 11 months later.  He did another 5 years and was released.  The church I pastored at the time had a prison ministry that Jimmy was a part of

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When God Doesn’t Stop Me

Why did God allow me to go through that horrendous ordeal?  Why didn’t He stop my father from hurting me?  Why didn’t He stop that drunk from killing my wife?  Why did He allow me to go through so much suffering? Why did He allow me to get raped?  Why does He allow suffering in

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I Give Up

I give up.  I can’t do it anymore.  I quit. Now you are wondering what I am giving up and quitting. Control! (I wrote about The Illusion of Control). I have finally gotten to the place in my life where I realize that I have been stressing out over things that I cannot control.  All

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The Illusion of Control

Control.  Everyone wants to have it over their lives.  We would like to believe that we are in control of our lives.  When we are young we feel invincible.  We feel that we can overcome anything.  We feel that we are immortal.  As we grow older we realize that we are not invincible, immortal or

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